Wi-Fi Alliance begins official certification of devices with Wi-Fi 7

Wi-Fi Alliance begins official certification of devices with Wi-Fi 7

The organization Wi-Fi Alliance, which certifies devices with support for wireless networks, has officially introduced the certification program for the next-generation wireless communication standard – Wi-Fi 7, also known as 802.11be. There are already devices on the market with its support, but now manufacturers will have to follow a series of rules to meet the requirements of the standard. This is reported by NetworkWorld.

The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 program means that the long standardization process that the Wi-Fi Alliance conducts for each successive generation of Wi-Fi has reached a fairly stable level. That, in turn, could be a little off-putting for companies looking for the next Wi-Fi upgrade cycle.

The start of official certification testing means that OEMs can now submit their products to be tested for Wi-Fi 7 compatibility.

The key feature of Wi-Fi 7 is relatively simple – the channels expanded from 160 MHz to 320 MHz should provide roughly twice the Wi-Fi bandwidth.

It also boasts QAM improvements from 1024 to 4K, giving 20% ​​faster bit rates, more efficient compression to reduce costs and multi-channel operation. This means that devices can efficiently send and receive data over multiple connections at the same time, further increasing performance.

The Wi-Fi Alliance said in a statement that the certification program will pave the way for widespread adoption of the technology.

“Wi-Fi 7 will see rapid adoption across a broad ecosystem with more than 233 million devices expected to enter the market in 2024. And this figure will grow to 2.1 billion devices by 2028.” – said the organization.

Wi-Fi 7 is the first unlicensed standard to natively operate in the 6 GHz band, a relatively empty part of the spectrum that wireless experts have long considered the key band for enabling much faster connections (Wi-Fi 6E added 6 GHz capability to of this standard in 2021). The ability to have such wide channels depends in part on having a large amount of spectrum available for unlicensed use.

Equipment advertised as compatible with Wi-Fi 7 has already been on the market for several months. But these devices, including consumer wireless routers and end devices, use technology based on the vendor’s interpretation of the final specification, not the official one.

Thus, formal standardization is key for enterprise users, who typically want the best possible interoperability. For this reason, businesses tend to adopt new Wi-Fi standards more slowly than the consumer sector. And many companies generally don’t upgrade their infrastructure as soon as a new standard becomes available, preferring to wait for the next upgrade cycle.

Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200/BE202 network adapters with support for the new standard were released in September 2023. The OnePlus 12 smartphone can already work with mobile devices with Wi-Fi 7.

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